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Tuesday, 30 August 1960


Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   What committees have been appointed under the National Health Act?

2.   On what dates have the committees met in 1959 and 1960?


Dr Donald Cameron (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   In reply to a similar question asked by the honorable member in 1959, my reply printed in "Hansard" of 14th May, 1959, gave full details of committees appointed under the National Health Act.

2.   The dates on which these committees met in 1959 and 1960 are given below: -

(a)   Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. 6th March, 1959; 9th October, 1959; 18th March, 1960.

(b)   Standing Committee on Pricing Arrangements for the Payment to Chemists for Pharmaceutical Benefits. - 4th March, 1959; 5th August, 1959; 13th July, 1960.

(c)   Pharmaceutical Services Federal Committee of Inquiry. - Did not meet during 1959, or 1960 to date.

(d)   Pharmaceutical Services State Committees of Inquiry. -

New South Wales - 9th February, 1959; 28th April, 1959; 2nd-3rd February, 1960; 7th March, 1960; 30th May, 1960; 27th June, 1960.

Victoria- 23rd February, 1959; 10th August, 1959; 22nd February, 1960.

Queensland - 4th February, 1960.

South Australia- Did not meet during 1959, or 1960 to date.

Western Australia- 30th July, 1959; 10th February, 1960.

Tasmania - Did not meet during 1959, or 1960 to date.

(e)   Pensioners' Medical Services Federal Com mittee of Inquiry:

Did not meet during 1959, or 1960 to date.

(f)   Pensioners' Medical Services State Committees of Inquiry:

New South Wales- 13th January, 1959; 11th February, 1959; 10th March, 1959; 8th April, 1959; 5th May, 1959; 14th July, 1959; 8th September, 1959; 14th October, 1959; 27th January, 1960.

Victoria- 27th January, 1959; 26th May, 1959; 23rd June, 1959; 28th July, 1959; 25th August, 1959; 1st October, 1959; 17th November, 1959; 1st December, 1959; 22nd March, 1960; 28th June, 1960; 26th July, 1960.

Queensland- 29th April, 1959; 16th December, 1959; 3rd February, 1960; 2nd March, 1960; 23rd March, 1960; 20th April, 1960.

South Australia - 13th February, 1959; 7th August, 1959; 29th July, 1960.

Western Australia- 18th May, 1959; 22nd June, 1959; 8th July, 1959; 29th July, 1959; 11th July, 1960.

Tasmania - Did not meet during 1959, or 1960 to date.

(g)   Hospital Benefits State Committees:

New South Wales - Did not meet during 1959, or 1960 to date.

Victoria - 21st January, 1959; 6th February, 1959; 19th March, 1959; 21st April, 1959; 26th May, 1959; 9th July, 1959; 13th August, 1959; 11th September, 1959; 16th October, 1959; 18th November, 1959; 4th December, 1959; 23rd December, 1959; 3rd February, 1960; 10th March, 1960; 12th April, 1960; 11th May, 1960; 10th June, 1960; 26th July, 1960.

Queensland - Did not meet during 1959, or 1960 to date.

South Australia - 4th February, 1959; 26th March, 1959; 1st May, 1959; 12th June, 1959; 3rd July, 1959; 17th September, 1959; 3rd November, 1959; 9th December, 1959; 22nd December, 1959; 24th February, 1960; 14th April, 1960; 2nd June, 1960; 4th August, 1960.

Western Australia- 18th May, 1959; 22nd June, 1959; 8th July, 1959; 29th July, 1959; 11th July, 1960.

Tasmania - 24th February, 1959; 22nd April, 1959; 4th June, 1959; 17th June, 1959: 26th June , 1959; 12th August, 1959; 3rd November, 1959; 10th December, 1959; 29th December, 1959; 12th February, 1960; 31st March, 1960; 12th May, 1960; 14th June, 1960; 12th July, 1960; 18th August, 1960. (h) Commonwealth Health Insurance Council: 27th/28th April, 1959.







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